John Bieter

Journey Stories: Understanding Western Migration

This presentation captures the history of immigration and migration in America.  From Native Americans to new American citizens – regardless of our ethnic, religious or racial background – migration is central to our story.  This presentation explores key themes that surround these movements:  the mixed reception upon coming to America or moving to different regions; the prominence of ports of entry to these stories; the way countries of origin were changed; the great stories of success as well as those of disillusion; the businesses that grew up around movement and the way these migration stories have played out in subsequent generations.  From the Pilgrims to Route 66 and even the information superhighway, the movement of people and ideas has been foundational to understanding our country.  This presentation helps deepen one’s understanding of these migration stories.